February 25th, Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle Arts Centre’s annual program of intriguing cross-genre collaborations, Soft Soft Loud, returns in 2016 with a 20th anniversary performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s (UK) 1996 work Blood on the Floor, uniquely adapted for this occasion.
Considered one of the most gifted composers of his generation, Turnage was inspired to write this piece after losing his brother to a drug overdose. This now-seminal work harnesses a powerful, high-octane meld of jazz and classical elements.
The audience will experience a big sound as more than 25 musicians take to the stage. Jazz soloists unite with a hand-picked ensemble of dynamic WA musicians for this one-off collaboration, tackling Turnage’s complex yet lucid instrumental textures and artful union of notated and improvised material.
- Ben Vanderwal – Drums
- Carl Mackey – Saxophones
- Sam Anning – Electric Bass
- Carl Morgan – Electric Guitar
- Matthew Styles – Soprano Saxophone
- Philip Everall – Bass Clarinet
- Andrew Nicholson – Flutes
- Martin Phillipson – Trumpet
- Tristram Williams – Trumpet
- Liam O’Malley – Trombone
Artistic Director: Matthew Hoy
More information and tickets here.
Sunday 29th May, The Basilica of St Patrick, Fremantle
If you’ve never heard saxophone and pipe organ together, as unlikely a combination as it sounds, it is magnificent! Nemesis sees saxophonist Dr Matthew Styles return to Pipe Organ Plus in a concert full of joy and excitement. Centering on Michael Torke’s Saxophone Concerto, also performed will be some wonderfully evocative works by Barbara Thompson and Andy Scott. The concert will also include two Australian organ works by Sydney-based composer Moya Henderson and local musician David Pye.”
Tickets and further information can be found here.
Thursday 5 May, WAAPA Music Auditorium
The WAAPA Saxophone Department presents a showcase of eclecticism and vibrancy bringing together Classical, Jazz and World Music. Presented by the saxophone students and staff of WAAPA and featuring Basement Saxx, quartets and unforgettable solo performances, this night will leave the audience with no doubt of the versatility and musical power of the saxophone.
Tickets are available here.
Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rite-of-passage-tickets-17909308223
The 2015 Rite of Passage massed saxophone project brings together classical, jazz and contemporary styles in a night that will feature World and Australian premiere performances of cross-genre works by composer-in-residence Sean Bernard and leading International saxophonist Rob Buckland. In 2013 this project involved over 40 saxophonists and in 2014 the number grew to showcase almost 60 saxophonists on the one stage! Join Matt Styles, Rob Buckland and the WAAPA Saxophone Studio, and witness the awesome power and versatility of the saxophone.
Spread the word, join in the fun and don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading sax players!
Let’s make it 100 sax player on stage this year!
About Rob Buckland
Rob Buckland (Director of Saxophone Studies, Deputy Head of Performance – winds, strings brass and percussion – at the Royal Northern College, Manchester) He is a true saxophone virtuoso in both classical and jazz, has a VERY envious list of performances, publications, compositions and recordings (Apollo sax quartet, Michael Nyman Band, Steve Martland Band, Sax Assault, Halle Orchestra, RLPO, CBSO, performances in South Africa, Europe and China) and is an EXCELLENT teacher, performer and musical director. Click here for more details about Rob.
Thursday 28th August, 7:30pm, Music Auditorium WAAPA.
Tickets available from WAAPA
Launched in 2013, Rite of Passage is a unique, cross – institutional, international collaborative project that links the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM, Manchester, United Kingdom) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. The first and only of its kind in Australia, this event also brings together staff and students from a number of schools across Western Australia, along with saxophone enthusiasts from the wider community. Led by WAAPA Saxophone lecturer Dr Matt Styles, this will be a night where jazz, classical and contemporary music meet, say a friendly ‘hello’ and become long lasting friends.
Last year, almost 50 saxes participated – this year we’re hoping to double that!
If you’d like to be involved or have any questions, contact Dr Matt Styles via email.